Updated Jan 29, 2017

California Legislative Council
of Professional Engineers

The California Legislative Council of Professional Engineers (CLCPE) is an organization of engineering societies to provide advice to the State Legislature on engineering issues, including reforming the State Engineers' Act.

Member Organizations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
AIChE Northern California Section
AIChE Southern California Section

American Nuclear Society (ANS)

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
ASABE California/Nevada Section

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

California Industrial Engineers

California Manufacturing Engineers

California Society of Professional Engineers (CSPE)

Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

ISA Los Angeles Section
ISA Central California Section
ISA San Diego Section

Mechanical Engineers Association of California (MEAC)

Registered Traffic Engineers of America

Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)
SFPE Southern California Chapter
SFPE San Diego & Imperial Counties Chapter
SFPE Northern California/Nevada Chapter

CLCPE Officers

Officers of CLCPE have a wide engineering background to allow us to represent the entire engineering profession:

  1. President - Bob Katin, a licensed chemical engineer
  2. Vice President - Carolyn Jones, a licensed civil engineer and agricultural engineer
  3. Secretary - Tim Callahan, a licensed fire protection engineer
  4. Treasurer - Walter Okitsu, a licensed civil engineer and a licensed traffic engineer

News as of March 2013

News as of October 2012

News as of February 2012

Recent Legislation

A brief historical record of recent legislation on the State Engineers' Act includes:

  1. SB2030 (2000) called for a study of the State Engineers' Act. The Institute of Social Research (ISR) at Cal State University at Sacramento (CSUS) performed the study under the direction of the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (BPELS), and the Legislature. Download the complete 290-page study, PDF (.zip, 3.5MB)

  2. BPELS developed recommendations provided to the Legislature based on the ISR study. It also sponsored SB246, as amended 6-20-05. A letter from the then President of the engineering board explained his reason for supporting the actions of the board: "Why Must California Be Different?"

    SB246 was held in the Assembly Business & Professions committee due to opposition by PECG (Professional Engineers in California Government) and CELSOC (Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California now known as ACEC of CA (American Council of Engineering Consultants of California)

  3. SB275 (2010) was introduced by Senator Mimi Walters to reform the State Engineers' Act, cosponsored by the California Farm Bureau Federation and the Chemical Industry Council of California. Industrial supporters included:

    • California Farm Bureau Federation--SB 275 co-sponsor
    • Chemical Industry Council of California--SB 275 co-sponsor
    • California Manufacturers and Technology Association
    • Southern California Edison
    • Western Growers Association
    • California Independent Oil Marketers Association
    • Goodrich Corporation
    • California Agricultural Irrigation Association

    SB275 was held in the Senate Business Professions and Economic Development committee due to opposition by PECG (Professional Engineers in California Government) and ACEC of CA (American Council of Engineering Consultants of California, formerly known as CELSOC).

  4. SB692 (2011) was introduced by Senator Mimi Walters to reform the Engineers' Act. Presently the Engineers' Act protects the practice of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. It provides that only the use of the title of some engineering names is protected, including agricultural engineer, chemical engineer, control system engineer, fire protection engineer, industrial engineer, manufacturing engineer, metallurgical engineer, nuclear engineer, petroleum engineer, or traffic engineer. Use of the engineering title is protected but not the practice of that engineering discipline. The bill proposes that all licensed engineers should be given the protection that all other states provide. SB692 does this by:

    • Converting the engineering disciplines that are only title protected to practice protected, the same as the civil, electrical and mechanical engineering disciplines.

    • Allowing any licensed engineer to provide services in the converted disciplines without restriction, if competent.

    • Maintains the present status of civil engineers to perform any services in any area of engineering.

      Click this link to read the bill text.

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